The wheels are set in motion but unfortunately I still don’t have much by way of visuals to show on this blog. Things are taking a little longer than expected but I’m still hopeful to get Tea in Pajamas out by Christmas. During this downtime, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and rethinking my direction for the book. In a way, I’m even glad to have had this lull, to have sat with it and resisted the urge to force things along at an unnatural pace. If anything, by letting things ‘stew’ for a bit, I’ve been able to see how my present ideas for the way forward are so very different from what they were only weeks ago.
So as of today, I’ve completed my first round of proof corrections (these were more extensive than I’d expected) and rewritten my artwork brief (this I had not imagined doing at all), but I’d say I’m more satisfied with the outcome from a slower pace than I would be had I rushed headlong into it with my initial plans.
For now, here’s sharing a little excerpt from one of the chapters in Tea in Pajamas. In the narrative, there’s mention of Gluck’s Mélodie, a piece of music based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice.
‘The music is based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. do you know the story?’
He shook his head. It was one one of Belle’s favorite Greek myths. ‘Orpheus and Eurydice are lovers. On the night of their wedding, Eurydice gets bitten by a snake and dies. Beside himself with grief, Orpheus travels to the Underworld to bring her back to the land of the living. He convinces Hades and Persephone—the King and Queen of the Underworld—to release her but it comes with a condition: on their way back to the Upper World, Eurydice must walk behind Orpheus and he is forbidden from looking at her.’
‘Sounds easy enough,’ shrugged Julien.
‘You would think,’ Belle sighed, her eyes thoughtful. ‘Unfortunately, he is so overcome with passion that just as they reach the exit, he looks back.’
‘No kidding. What happens next?’
‘Eurydice is immediately banished to the Underworld—this time for good. Devastated Orpheus then spends the rest of his life roaming around Greece playing sad songs until he gets mauled to death by a group of drunken mad women.’
‘That sounds horrible. If only he hadn’t turned back.’
‘But he had to. He couldn’t help himself.’
‘Yes he could. A little self-control never hurt anybody.’
‘Wouldn’t be much of a story if he resisted the temptation and they made it back safely.’
‘That I concede.’
Belle and Julien sat in silence, beguiled by Mélodie. ‘We might as well look for the source of this music,’ she finally decided. ‘It doesn’t sound far off from where we are.’
I hope you enjoyed the excerpt and I look forward to sharing more updates as book production progresses. Speaking of which, have you signed up for my Newsletter? I’m working on compiling upcoming book updates and promotions in a single message—the very latest delivered straight to your Inbox. This shouldn’t happen too often (I’m guessing bi-monthly, or less) but I expect things to pick up rather quickly as the launch date looms nearer.
Until the next post. xx
Image: Orpheus and Eurydice via Pinterest.